Molly Peterson Environment Correspondent
Molly Peterson is an award-winning environment correspondent at Southern California Public Radio.
Molly has reported, edited, directed programs, and produced stories for NPR and NPR shows including "Day to Day" and KQED's "California Report." She was a contributing producer for Nick Spitzer's weekly music program, "American Routes," and reported for "Living on Earth" in the Gulf of Mexico after Hurricanes Katrina & Rita. Prior to joining KPCC, she produced a nationally-distributed radio documentary about New Orleans called "Finding Solid Ground."
A former LA Press Club radio journalist of the year, Molly reported on the faulty pumps installed at New Orleans canals after Hurricane Katrina. That project was a finalist for an Investigative Reporters and Editors award.
Molly worked for NPR American legal affairs correspondent Nina Totenberg during the Clinton Impeachment.
She studied international politics at Georgetown University's School of Foreign Service, and graduated from UC Hastings College of the Law. She is an inactive member of the State Bar of California.
Molly was lucky enough to grow up climbing northern California trees and fishing eastern Sierra waters.
Stories by Molly Peterson
A Malibu resident puts questions to state agencies about hot topics around lagoon restoration, many of which come from the project's opponents.
California ranks 21st out of 30 states for beach water quality, and stormwater and sewage are to blame. SoCal counties continue making changes to alleviate hazards.
Thirty percent of all condors' blood samples each year revealed lead exposure that could cause reproductive and immune system problems.
It's clear that opponents to the project perceive what's happening as an irredeemable destruction. It's also clear that the SMBRC and the Coastal Commission don't agree.
Restoration work at Malibu Lagoon continues even as opponents to the state-funded project claim illegal activity at the work site.
A report from the National Research Council projects six inches of sea level rise along southern California's coast within 20 years.
California regulators stepped up scrutiny on natural gas pipelines after a deadly explosion in San Bruno in 2010. In territory served by SoCalGas, consumer advocates are raising questions about who should pay for pipeline upgrades.
Environmental scientists say we could see a repeat of climate conditions from a time when plants grew not far from the South Pole.
A patch of the Owens Dry Lake in the eastern Sierra is called "Owengeti" by some in the LADWP, after the African grass-woodland Serengeti. Both are beautiful.
New genetic information from the puma killed in Santa Monica last month sheds light on the health of the mountain lion population in the region.
North of Los Angeles is Owens Lake: thousands of its neighbors have a stake in a lingering fight over its air pollution. So do customers of the LA Department of Water & Power.
The institutional memory of Deep Springs is short. Its 20-year-old keepers sing while washing up after meals. Loud songs. Bieber. Women might soon join them.
A woman who was a passionate advocate for the restoration of Malibu Lagoon has died from what authorities said was a self-inflicted gunshot wound.
Community groups, city planners and the developers are meeting over the next several weeks to resolve disputes over the proposed stadium.
Twenty groups that offered comments on the draft environmental impact report for Farmers Field have used their prerogative under SB 292 to request mediation with the city and with AEG about it.